Leonid Sokoloff, 1904-1978, was born in Iver (Russia). His father was a noble man in days of the Czars. The artist joined the White Russian Army in its battle against the Reds and served with Wrangel at Galliopi. When the White Army disbanded in Bulgaria in 1921, he entered the University of Sofia. Among his accomplishments he designed state costumes and decorations for the performances of the French Ballet company who played for the Royal Family of Bulgaria; opened his own studio in Paris on Montmarte and after migrating to America in 1935 won favorable comment and recognition of his artistry.
This wonderful folk art charger plate, circa mid-century, depicts a stylized floral motif in the center of the charger in a color pallet of black, red, green and gold. The black background extends to a scalloped border of red as well as a red band encircling the central floral motif. Signed "L Sokoloff" near the base within the red band. The bio of the artist is attached to the back of the plate, along with a small hook for hanging. The plate is in very good vintage condition with no cracks or repairs to the wood; some paint flakes and scuffs mainly on the outer border; sides have curled with age so does not lie flat.
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